How do you deal with unfamiliar words?

Use this forum for book and reading discussion that doesn't fall into another category. Talk about books, genres, reading issues, general literature, and any other topic of particular interest to readers. If you want to start a thread about a specific book or a specific series, please do that in the section below this one.
User avatar
Posts: 37
Joined: 04 May 2018, 01:34
2018 Reading Goal: 12
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 25
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 8
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: McDowell by William H. Coles

Re: How do you deal with unfamiliar words?

Post by SomaKenya » 11 Jun 2018, 08:12

Okey, Dennisk. I see

User avatar
Dael Reader
Posts: 681
Joined: 05 May 2018, 08:39
Currently Reading: The Story of Arthur Truluv
Bookshelf Size: 53
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Extraordinary Stories From Everyday People (and me) by Les Clark
Reading Device: 1400697484

Post by Dael Reader » 17 Jun 2018, 19:53

Usually I'll just assume the definition based on context. If I'm perplexed, I might just let it go. My Nook is great for this sort of thing though. Just put your finger on the word, and you can get a definition. So cool!

Posts: 32
Joined: 05 Jun 2018, 02:08
Currently Reading: The Surgeon's Wife
Bookshelf Size: 17
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Elf Coup - Book Three of the Magi Charter by Jordan David

Post by Eclectic_novels » 21 Jun 2018, 00:33

I usually try to figure it out by the context. Otherwise I google. If I don't I will think about it and then later have to go back and figure out the meaning or it will make me crazy.

User avatar
Posts: 169
Joined: 15 Jun 2018, 00:53
Currently Reading: Roanoke
Bookshelf Size: 24
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: World, Incorporated by Tom Gariffo

Post by bclayton13 » 24 Jun 2018, 01:04

Usually I try and define the words using the context of the sentence the word appears in. If that doesn't work, I whip out my phone and look it up.

Posts: 14
Joined: 04 May 2018, 01:09
Bookshelf Size: 0
Signature Addition: View official review of The Unbound Soul

Post by RichardHaight » 27 Jun 2018, 11:07

Generally speaking, if I can't figure it out from context, I look them up with an online dictionary.

User avatar
Posts: 37
Joined: 03 Jun 2018, 12:59
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 23
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Life and Lessons of a Young Author by Sunayna Prasad

Post by Alena_Surya » 28 Jun 2018, 12:11

I Google them! :)

User avatar
Posts: 333
Joined: 20 May 2018, 17:52
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 165
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Crystilleries of Echoland by Dew Pellucid

Post by pricklypurple » 01 Jul 2018, 12:30

I will usually take a moment to google the definition of an unfamiliar word if I feel I need it to understand that sentence.

User avatar
Posts: 32
Joined: 02 Jul 2018, 13:25
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 12

Post by MikleoKrein » 03 Jul 2018, 14:01

I love unfamiliar words, it's a guilty pleasure of mine.

Whenever I encounter one, I find out what it means online and memorize it. Now, I can belt out these words whenever I'm writing a story.

User avatar
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 458
Joined: 12 Jun 2015, 19:00
Favorite Author: Ken Follett
Currently Reading: Light in August
Bookshelf Size: 39
Reviewer Page:
Reading Device: B00L89V1AA
fav_author_id: 3559

Post by DennisK » 04 Jul 2018, 09:37

MikleoKrein wrote:
03 Jul 2018, 14:01
I love unfamiliar words, it's a guilty pleasure of mine.

Whenever I encounter one, I find out what it means online and memorize it. Now, I can belt out these words whenever I'm writing a story.
I applaud your agile mind, MikleoKrein! I find that I must toil quite a bit to make a new word part of my working vocabulary. But then again, there are some new words that I like, and those are easier to employ. I find that my writing/reading vocabulary is more extensive than my verbal vocabulary.

Posts: 26
Joined: 28 Jun 2018, 04:51
Currently Reading: The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid
Bookshelf Size: 12
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! by Len Foley

Post by Chi_pego » 05 Jul 2018, 10:51

I look up their meaning then write them and their meanings down.

User avatar
Posts: 105
Joined: 09 Jun 2018, 12:38
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 136
Favorite Book: The Last Time I Lied
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 49
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: World, Incorporated by Tom Gariffo

Post by ccranston » 05 Jul 2018, 20:44

I try to use context clues if possible, but one of the many reasons I like reading on my kindle is the fact that I can highlight a word and get the definition. However, if it's a name I'm not sure how to pronounce, I make it up in my head and continue to pronounce it that way.
“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." –Paul Sweeney

User avatar
Posts: 70
Joined: 14 Nov 2013, 02:20
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 8

Post by Helga_ » 08 Jul 2018, 00:06

I tend to learn more by looking up words, not necessarily more but rather "deeper". For example, when I'm in the middle of reading a very interesting novel in English, which is a foreign language to me, I don't mind spending my free time using various dictionaries I own or Googling. I just got to know the nuances of certain words, as correctly as possible, as well as the surface meanings. How many new words I've learned doesn't really matter. I'm more concerned about understanding and appreciating the way some particular words are used. I'm sure you can relate, the art form of fiction just makes you dig deep. But, it's a different story when it comes down to studying English.

Asisha Joseph
Posts: 65
Joined: 09 May 2018, 11:26
Favorite Book: The Lord Of The Rings
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 10
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Andalusian in Jerusalem by Mois benarroch

Post by Asisha Joseph » 16 Sep 2018, 09:01

Usually while reading, when I find a new book, I'm too into the moment to go and get a dictionary. So I try to assume the meaning and leave it. If I remember the word after my read, I look it up, otherwise it's lost forever.

User avatar
Posts: 1
Joined: 16 Sep 2018, 09:03
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by Holzed » 16 Sep 2018, 09:26

I just Google it :D

User avatar
Posts: 72
Joined: 24 Feb 2018, 09:06
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 88
Favorite Book: A Higher Loyalty
Currently Reading: The Sound and The Fury / As I Lay Dying
Bookshelf Size: 138
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Health Tips, Myths, and Tricks by Morton E Tavel, MD

Post by BeatrixPotter » 16 Sep 2018, 15:56

Usually I try to get the meaning from the context. If I have no clue, and it seems important enough, I look in the dictionary. But it depends on what it is. If it is term referring to medical conditions, or technology, I usually skip over it, because I probably will never see it again, and certainly won't remember it anyway.
"There's so much more to a book than just the reading."
-- Maurice Sendak

Post Reply

Return to “General Book & Reading Discussion”